We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
Kafka on the Shore | [Haruki Murakami]

Kafka on the Shore

With Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami gives us a novel every bit as ambitious and expansive as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which has been acclaimed both here and around the world for its uncommon ambition and achievement, and whose still-growing popularity suggests that it will be read and admired for decades to come.
Regular Price:$38.50
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

With Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami gives us a novel every bit as ambitious and expansive as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which has been acclaimed both here and around the world for its uncommon ambition and achievement, and whose still-growing popularity suggests that it will be read and admired for decades to come.

This magnificent novel has a similarly extraordinary scope and the same capacity to amaze, entertain, and bewitch. A tour de force of metaphysical reality, it is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons that, like the most basic activities of daily life, he cannot fathom. Their odyssey, as mysterious to them as it is to us, is enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerizing events. Cats and people carry on conversations, a ghostlike pimp employs a Hegel-quoting prostitute, a forest harbors soldiers apparently unaged since World War II, and rainstorms of fish (and worse) fall from the sky. There is a brutal murder, with the identity of both victim and perpetrator a riddle - yet this, along with everything else, is eventually answered, just as the entwined destinies of Kafka and Nakata are gradually revealed, with one escaping his fate entirely and the other given a fresh start on his own.

Extravagant in its accomplishment, Kafka on the Shore displays one of the world's truly great storytellers at the height of his powers.

©2005 Haruki Murakami (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"As powerful as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.... Reading Murakami ... is a striking experience in consciousness expansion." (The Chicago Tribune)

"An insistently metaphysical mind-bender." (The New Yorker)

"If he has not achieved that status already, Haruki Murakami is on course to becoming the most widely read Japanese writer outside Japan, past or present." (The New York Times)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (84 )
5 star
 (40)
4 star
 (33)
3 star
 (7)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (4)
Overall
4.2 (77 )
5 star
 (36)
4 star
 (29)
3 star
 (7)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (4)
Story
4.5 (74 )
5 star
 (42)
4 star
 (24)
3 star
 (8)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Dr. Curmudgeon Cow Hampshire 04-11-14
    Dr. Curmudgeon Cow Hampshire 04-11-14 Member Since 2008

    Doctor of misanthropy

    HELPFUL VOTES
    98
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    479
    24
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "What's better than Murakami? More Murakami"

    If I've been propelled through life by a continuously variable transmission, reading Murakami is like moving to a stick shift. And this is certainly an prime example of that.

    Murakami makes you shift your perspective. Nothing as trivial as alternate universes (although he did use those in 1Q84), but more of a radical shift in how you perceive and model reality. If there is such a thing.

    Many of Murakami's books take you to places that just require you to relinquish all control of your rationality. This one's a bit easier on you, having more of a standard narrative. It's only in the deeper contemplation of the story that you tend to lose your footing.

    This book is all about deep emotion, how emotion defies all logic and reason, and how it is at the very core of our existence. In this respect, it's a surprisingly uplifting and empowering book, which is, to me, pretty good for what may look like simple storytelling.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Robert United States 03-15-14
    Robert United States 03-15-14 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "extraordinary performance for wonderful story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    From the start, it pulled me in and was a great escape from ordinary life. Perplexing, great story, amazing performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kafka on the Shore?

    Colonel Sanders.


    What about Sean Barrett and Oliver Le Sueur ’s performance did you like?

    There is no way I would have gone as deep into the story without the performance these guys put on.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jennifer Dickinson Bay Area, CA United States 09-14-14
    Jennifer Dickinson Bay Area, CA United States 09-14-14 Member Since 2012

    yogini, knitter, quilter, sewist, stitcher, reader, cook, foodie, wine snob, francophile, wife, dog mom, SF Giants fan

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    11
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wonderful Story, Perfectly Read"
    What made the experience of listening to Kafka on the Shore the most enjoyable?

    The readers were amazing and so perfectly captured the characters. They turned a great story into a transcendent experience.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    So hard to say, but probably Nakata. Although he is supposed to be a simpleton, he has a particular genius for living the life he is given and being happy with what he has.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is when Miss Saiki tells Kafka he has to go back to the world to remember her.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Absolutely. This is a very philosophical and emotional story. I cried in all the right places and laughed out loud at its wry wit. Loved it. Will definitely listen again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-3 of 3 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.